TRENTON, NJ - The Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, announced today that they lost a very important member of their team: Their mascot and bat dog of over 10 years.
Debuting with the Thunder in 2002, Chase (full name 'Chase: That Golden Thunder') entertained millions of fans at Arm & Hammer Park. Outside the park, he visited schools, special events, and was featured on worldwide television on CNN and Japanese television, as well as nationally broadcasted ESPN, Fox, and YES network (Yankees Entertainment & Sports). He appeared in Sports Illustrated, newspapers, and is in July, 2013's issue of Yankees magazine. Last month, Chase became the first dog to be honored on the field at Yankee Stadium.
In addition to trotting out to the batter's box to retrieve the bats, Chase would bring a basket of chilled waters to the umpires, or catch frisbees in the outfield for the entertainment of the fans.
The team says he suffered from a form of lymphoma, as well as arthritis. He struggled during his last appearance, which was on July 5th of this year, when he was honored marking his official retirement in front of 6,090 fans. He was joined on the field by many other dogs from his family, including cousins, and most importantly his son, Derby, who will be taking over the family business. Thunder hopes to breed Derby and continue Chase's legacy for many years to come.
To help Chase celebrate his retirement party all through the Thunder's baseball game, fans were encouraged to bring their dogs to the park, and fans received a Chase bobble-head.
The following from TrentonThunder.com
"Fans wishing to offer their condolences are asked to refrain from sending flowers or material objects to the Trenton Thunder. Instead, the team urges fans to make a monetary donation in his name to Trenton Thunder Charities or a local animal shelter/pet rescue in their own community."
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